Dale Tate - Gun Maker
Dale Tate was an apprentice and employee for six and a half years at the
world-renowned firm of J. Purdey and Sons, London, England. In addition,
he was a restoration specialist at the prestigious firm of Peter Dyson and Sons,
England. Prior to coming to America in 1995 he was a principal in Tate and Tate
Gun makers of Eastbourne, England.
is a member of the Guild of Master Craftsmen for gun making. Dale
is a professional gun fitter, NSCA Certified shooting instructor, gun repair and
restoration specialist, and custom gun maker. Dale has presented numerous
seminars and shooting demonstrations both in England and the United States, as
well as appearing on the ESPN TV program Outdoor World. He has been the subject
of numerous articles in such national publications as Double Gun Journal, Shooting
Sportsman, Sporting Clays, Women and Guns, Diablo, G.Q. and Fitness Magazine.
The Tate English Gun fitting Experience
The British would never think of using a shotgun for hunting or for sport,
which was not properly and expertly fitted to each individual's dimensions. Just
as everyone cannot wear the same suit of clothes, neither can everyone shoot the
same average production stock shotgun. Dale Tate is able to not only establish
a person's exact gun measurement, but then fit each individual with his/her unique
and exact fit. Through the use of a special "try gun" and "patterning
board," he can establish
and record an individual's gun measurements.
Stock alterations must be
performed to precise measurements for each individual shooter. Dale is able to
"bend" a wood stock using the English hot oil method. He can also adjust
the comb and pitch, lengthen the stock with wood or recoil pads, and shorten the
stock to an individualís exact specification.
Once a shooter has a custom-fit
shotgun, Dale will instruct the person on proper shooting techniques needed to
improve their individual field and sport shooting skill. With a properly fitting
shotgun and correct shooting techniques, a shooter can dramatically improve one's
"score" and "enjoyment."
Charles E. Lee
Charles was born in England and started work for the world-renowned gunmaking
company of James Purdey & Sons in March of 1980. He worked in the factory
for the five years before becoming a freelance engraver and continuing to work
for Purdey's in a sub-contract capacity for the next fifteen years until his move
to the U.S.A.
has done commissions for almost all of the Best British gunmakers including Holland
& Holland, Greener, Churchill, McKay Brown, Watson Bros., as well as individuals.
Since his move to America
he has done work for Tate Gunmakers (with whom he has close ties), a commission
on the re-issued Schofield revolver for Smith & Wesson, many double rifles
and shotguns for John Rigby & Co. of Paso Robles, as well as many custom rifles
for various custom rifle makers and, again, numerous individuals.
job is too small from a single screw to a full gun, or for that matter, anything
else that is possible to cut using only hand tools such as knives, or in one case
a brass dashboard for a Street Rod.